For other AR300 versions, see AR300 (disambiguation).
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The AR300 is an Artist series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1996. It is a reissue of the original AR300 from the late 1970s. The reissue was part of the "80's Custom Legend" series which was offered in Japan in the mid-1990s. This version was made in Japan by Terada.

The AR300 features a double cutaway mahogany body with maple top and back attached to a hard maple neck with a 22-fret ebony fingerboard with binding and pearl and abalone block position markers. Components include a Gibraltar Tune-o-matic style fixed bridge with a recessed sustain block; a Quik Change tailpiece with "cloud" ornament; a pair of Ibanez Super 80 humbucking pickups with individual volume and tone controls and tri-sound switches which offer parallel, series and coil-split tone options; a Half & Half bone and brass nut; Sure Grip II knobs; and Gotoh tuning machines with white pearloid buttons.

The RAR300BM is a similar spot model with a burl mahogany top. Starting in 1997, another version which was produced by Cort in South Korea was introduced. The Korean version was sold outside of Japan, while this Japanese-made version continued to be offered in the Japanese domestic market.

This AR300 reissue was discontinued after 1997.

Specifications

Specifications for AR300 (1996–1997, Japan)
Model name: AR300 (1996–1997, Japan)
Year(s) produced: 1996–1997
Sold in: Japan
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Cherry Sunburst (CS)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Mahogany w/ maple top
Neck joint:
Set-in w/ smooth heel
Bridge:
Gibraltar fixed w/ sustain block
Tailpiece:
Quik Change w/ "cloud" ornament
Knob style:
Sure Grip II
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
Original Classic
Neck material:
3-piece hard maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearl & abalone split block
Frets:
22 / regular
Nut:
Half & half (bone/ brass)
Machine heads:
Gotoh w/ white pearloid buttons
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Super 80 (H)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Super 80 (H)
Controls:
Two volumes / two tones / 3-way toggle pickup selector / 2 tri-sound switches
String gauge (factory):
.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional details
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Pickup switching diagram
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Control layout
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Wiring diagram

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